Drive to Howick from Johannesburg for a breakfast at Crust Corner Coffee Shop. A short drive to the Karkloof Club for some of the best trails in the country. There are a number of trails, with my favorite being the “15km Falls Route” with super single track down to the Karkloof Falls and along the river back to the Club for hot showers & great coffee. An option is to complete the combo “ride & slide”, by doing the Canopy Tour just 5kms from the club. Check in at the Country Lane Guest House for the night, and an optional visit to the Mandela Capture Site, near Midmar Dam. Riding Time: 2-3 Hours, great scenic riding to Karkloof Falls through the Sappi forests
OVERNIGHT: Country Lane Guest House DBB&L
Day 2: Underberg Gravel Road Ride
After breakfast in Howick, we drive up the R617 past Bulwer into the Southern Berg to stay a few days in Underberg. To stretch the legs, we ride the only road ride, along scenic country roads through Himeville, to finish at Kenmo Lake for a picnic lunch. Those that feel determined to ride home are welcome to follow Charlie through the little town of Himeville back to Underberg. We stay at Clearbrook Chalets, right on the single track for riding on Day 3. Riding Time: 2-4 hours depending on the route.
OVERNIGHT: Clearbrook Chalets DBB &Picnic lunch
Day 3: Underberg - River Routes
These are the signature routes along the Umzimkulu River, on both sides of the river, including the plantation climb to the view point and back along the river to “The Duck” for coffee and lunch.The trail riding is at times within a meter of the mighty Umzimkulu, over little cattle bridges and on flowing single-track. You never have had so much fun.Crossing the Umzimkulu River on the old steel wagon bridge, riding past Clearbrook Chalets on the Riverlea Farm. The route then has 2 options, with an extra loop of technical climbs and riding, before riding back along the river to the Spoors Trail Centre for refreshments and lunch. Watch out for Mountain Reed Buck, otters, Crowned Cranes, Storks, and other animals. Riding Time: 2-3 hours, but there will be plenty of stops to admire the berg vistas and Umzimkulu river.
OVERNIGHT: Clearbrook Chalets DBB&L
Day 4: Underberg - Jackals Jol
We set off again from Clearbrook Chalets after breakfast, on the bikes, back to the Trail Centre, exiting the Duck premises, across the road and climbing up into the Bonsma farm forest. After some hard climbing and more climbing, we go down, zigzagging through the trees for an exhilarating ride and well worth the difficult climbing. There are the inevitable rocky sections that are only for the most experienced or daring to ride. Will you see the jackal ?…. only the fast may come across our mythical fellow.Back to THE DUCK for coffee and lunch, before departing for home. Riding Time: 2 & half hours of challenging climbing in the fresh berg altitude.